Belgian International Steven Defour has claimed he is ready to leave Standard Liege. This news will have alerted Arsenal, Tottenham, Aston Villa, Blackburn Rovers, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United and Portsmouth, who are all reportedly interested in the 20 year old.

The midfielder now feels he is ready to push in to the next level.

Defour admitted, "I have achieved what I wanted to achieve with Standard.

"Maybe it is best for my career to make an upward step. I feel the time is right for me to move on."